Peace be to England, if that war return
    From France to England, there to live in peace.
    England we love, and for that England’s sake
    With burden of our armor here we sweat.
    King of France in Shakespeare’s King John 2.1.91-4

Venus starts to go stationary. Sort of. Not out of the Venus woods with Mercury, not yet.

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Horoscopes starting 4.13.2017

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

I do love me some Aries energies, and I do love me some Aries. But we got all kinds of organic, and inorganic, material coming unglued at this time. Part of this is the way the Sun, in Aries, lines up with Uranus, for a brief, shining moment. Part of this is Venus, going stationary, but not resolving out her pattern just yet, yonder back in Pisces. Part of this pesky Mercury Retrograde, not upon us, I mean, not in Aries, but this is a dynamic wherein there’s Aries, stuck in the middle. Rash actions are not well-served. Birthday celebrations are in order. Jumping — real or figurative — is not encouraged. Originally, I was going to make a Base-Jumping joke. However, I don’t know many places, around here, where that’s even possible, so no way that analogy would really apply. It’s too early for the lake rats to be out and cliff jumping, so that one doesn’t apply, either. So chill out, enjoy the celebrations, but maybe, but maybe? No activity that involves being airborne.

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Stop. Pause. Review, revise, and re-edit. Look it over one last time. Mars, the problem with Mars and his energies? He pushes, he makes us all a little antsy and impatient. “Now” is not soon enough, under this kind of Mars influence. With Mercury at the gateway, and a certain amount of reluctant energy floating freely? I can attribute that to Jupiter in its position, but that might be me. As a Taurus?
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Why then ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

    Hamlet in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet 2.2.212

Best time to file taxes? April 15, 4:26 PM. Moon in Sagittarius. Mercury Retrograde. Venus Retrograde. All good.

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Horoscopes starting 4.6.2017

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

I heard squawking, a pitched birds’ cry, and I looked up. From where I was standing, in Central Texas, in a Red-Tail Hawk was clearly visible, gliding in for a low landing on some scrub-like Live Oak. Squawked again. This is a clearly urban environment, so I would be a little more worried about puppies and kittens as possible prey, rather than small, wild game. The markings, the checkered feathers, the characteristic “Red Fan” of the tail, as the spring–like sun shone through, then discordant squeaking. Squawk, I'm unsure, it wasn’t the Emergency Broadcast pitch I’m used to, the sound of the raptor falling out of the sky to grab a meal.

Not often that I get to see a magnificent bird like that, so close at hand. I’ll guess a nesting pair is somewhere in my neighborhood.

While not that unusual of a sight, where I’m from, it is a touchstone — a reminder — to be aware of what’s around us. As an Aries, as a birthday person, when you hear that sound, when your peripheral vision detects a movement, look up, look around, observe. As a special birthday gift, you’ll be rewarded with an image, just I like I was, with some kind of symbol.

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

For many years, I’ve recorded my “readings” with clients. I then pass the recording onto the client. I was particularly happy when I used to use 15-minute cassette tapes. Worked well for me, and I would hand the tape over to the client. Some folk will read this and wonder what a “cassette tape” is. From cassettes, though, and from lugging around a small printer, I switched to all digital delivery. More modern. For close to a decade, it was the audio CD. These days? I tend to just email a link to an mp3 file, quicker, easier, no printing, no mess, no fuss.

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    I am glad that my weak words
    Have struck but thus much show of fire from Brutus.
    Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 1.2.176-7

Venus moves — in apparent retrograde motion — from Aries into Pisces. More about that live — in Austin!

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Horoscopes starting 3.30.2017

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

It's starting to warm up, right? Time for a new spin on an old favorite of mine: iced espresso. The trick is, I like mine bitter and cold, but with the current disposition of planets and the sundry influences? New idea, take it for a spin. Pour/draw the espresso, the usual double shot, over a packet of raw sugar, maybe a heaping teaspoon. Then mix, stirring in the sugar. Sweeten that bitter brew. Next, add a dollop of a favorite milk, 2 percent, whole, almond, soy, cocoanut, whatever is your flavor. Milk should be cold, chilled. Finally, pour the now temperate coffee solution over ice. This insures that this is gentle, iced, non-bitter brew, with just the correct amount of kick to make it work right. Consider this a jolt of “Happy Birthday Aries” energy, and while I won’t be making it for you, it’s my sincere wish that this kind of shot helps with birthdays, and the strange disposition of the planets.

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

I’m rather leery of software that stores data in a “Proprietary Format.” I tend to think of that as “My data,” and the format? “Their access code.” At one time, I was adept enough at computer skills — I was good enough to be able to figure a way to access the text stored in a proprietary format. These days? I can’t be bothered. I had an option to switch to a new kind of software for one of my main tasks, and as I examined the reviews, “Greatest Ever!” Then the underpinning structure, up came that expression, “Proprietary format.” Spells trouble for me.
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What can be avoided
Whose end is purpos’d by the mighty gods?

    Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 2.2.26-7

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Horoscopes starting 3.23.2017

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

It almost happened again. I almost fell into that advertising trap. It’s product that I admire, but I never use — or I haven’t used since 2009, and realistically? Only once or twice before then. This is a product that I have a few of, and I really buy into the idea of using them, and I love the feel, the essence of the material, but seriously? I don’t ever use them. It’s a special brand of notebook, available in a variety of sizes and colors. Acid-free paper. Ruled, unruled, cross-hatched. Size, color, most important? Texture.

It’s paper that feels good. However, other than a few short sketches? Maybe a quick pencil outline or a wireframe design? Sporadic notes from some years back? Nothing. I buy the notebooks and then don’t use them. My solution? I remember, by looking on a bookshelf that has some similar notebooks — full of memories of Austin — and that was the last time I worked in that format. The advertising recently sucker-punched me again, and my finger lingered on the “Buy NOW” button. Then I remembered. This memory is a reminder for the birthday people: Aries. Yes, birthdays are good, and yes, we should be indulgent, and yes, Venus is being a miscreant, and no, maybe, not now. Maybe let your finger linger on the “Buy now” button, but don’t hit it. Not yet.

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Previously, I wrote about my coffee cups and my special tea mug. Oversized. While technically, that one mug was marketed as a coffee mug, I used it for tea. My proclivities in coffee cups tends to be smaller, more towards a demitasse, or, most preferable, an espresso cup. With where the planets are now for Taurus?
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    If I have horns to make one mad, let the proverb go with me: I’ll be horn-mad.
    Francis Ford in Shakespeare’s
    Merry Wives of Windsor 3.5.45

Horoscopes starting 3.16.2017

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Shakespeare’s Merry Wives is a bit of an odd play. It either resurrected, or served as “prequel” to Sir John Flastaff’s Henry IV, part 1 character. Falstaff was one of the most popular characters from Shakespeare’s canon, and the story told? The Queen of England wanted Sir John Falstaff’s character to get his comeuppance. So Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor, and there we have it.

The best part of about this being an alleged request from the Queen herself? There is no real evidence to support that proposition. It’s been bantered about for hundreds of years, and it seems to fit, as this seems to be a very different Falstaff from the King Henry plays.

However, there is no strict — admissible in a court of law — evidence to support that Queen Elizabeth commanded Shakespeare to write the play. As Pisces draws to a close? Happy birthday, and be aware is Venus is backwards, right? Evidence. Hearsay, anecdotal, and “it would seem so” are not valid forms of evidence. As a Pisces? Get real facts.

“Fake news,” no matter the source, is still not valid.

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

Happy birthday! It just got, like, “Real!” Sure, let’s go with that. Much as I do adore me some Aries, there’s frantic kind of silliness that is loose in your sign. I can’t contain it. There’s this one Aries chick, and she’ll look at me, glare, glowing red eyes, “This is serious, you addle-pated (long string of insults)….”
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    So every bondman in his own hand bears
    The power to cancel his captivity.
    Casca in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar I.iii.101-2

That’s just such an awesome piece of advice, on so many levels, to paraphrase, “Each of us has the keys to unlock that which binds us.” Casca’s version is a little prettier. From Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which also has the famous line, “Beware of the ides of March.” This horoscope ends on the Ides of March, but as I’ve discovered, not everyone gets the reference. The short version? Fortuneteller warned Caesar, and it didn’t go well, “As the oracle predicted.”

Horoscopes starting 3.9.2017

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Zip it, click it, lock it, stick in your pocket. Or, at one time, the expression was, “Bubble in your mouth.” Yes, I’m very well aware that it is your Pisces birthday. Yes, I know there’s good things about to happen, and yes, Venus is in its retrograde pattern, even now. Headed towards you. Full Moon, too. What it’s time to do? OK, as a Pisces, you’re going to have to work with me on this, but as a Pisces, I’m thinking about one Pisces, but this applies to all. Be gracious. Pretend you’re a Leo. Be nice, regal, matronly, patronly, act like a monarch and we are all your loyal subjects. But do so quietly. The parade wave? The queen’s wave, the way the royalty smiles and looks at the crowd, and then, that monarch doesn’t say a thing? Smile and acquiesce. Smile and wave. If you have pearly whites, smile in way that they show. Still, that doesn’t include the use of vocal organs — at all. Smile, wave, but no comment. Demure. Or, like I started with? Zip it, click it, lock it, stick it in your pocket. Works wonders. Smile and wave. Don’t say a thing. Happy birthday. Wait, are you giving me the silent treatment? Good, good.

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

Simple Aries message? Consolidate your resources. To deviate from my usual propensity to quote Shakespeare? There’s an old adage, taken from a Mark Twain text. Seems to fit this week’s ideas and the correct way to address Aries energies, seems to fit perfectly.
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